potato Ireland

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  • Potato Farms
  • War = starvation
  • Potato, Potato, Potato
  • In Europe the potato was introduced by the New World but no one really knows how. Most of Europe didn't grow potatoes as they already had enough food to feed their family so there was no need to grow big crops of a new vegetable. This situation wasn't for all of Europe. In Ireland it was a different story.
  • Disease Disaster
  • Ireland was at war with the English rulers. As a result of all this conflict. Peasant farmers had a hard time growing crops to sell and eat. They were starving. But in the 1600s the potato was introduced. Everyone started to grow potatoes as they produced more food per acre then any crop.
  • Death
  • Irelands peoples diet consisted of mainly potato. Potato for breakfast, lunch.dinner. People expressed their concerns, saying that it was not a good idea to have the  main food source in one place. And everyone relying on one food.
  • Immigrant
  • Then disaster struck and potatoes in Canada started getting a disease, this soon spread to Ireland and people started dying. Potatoes were Ireland main food that they ate so people started to starve and the famine begun.
  • The consequences of the disease was limited food. Ireland relied so much on potatoes that once they all got infected there was tiny amounts of food options that were not potatoes. Millions of people died.
  • The effects it had were that many people left and the Irish immigrated to the 'New World'. Millions of people left Ireland fast, some going to Australia, New Zealand and America. Many people died on the way there. When they arrived in their new homes, they knew they would never see Ireland again so they started on their new lives. It ws very tough to begin with.
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